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The 2018 Castroville Artichoke Food & Wine Festival

The 59th Annual Castroville Artichoke Food & Wine Festival is fun for the whole family, featuring local chef demonstrations, artichoke inspired delicious food, a Kids Zone, musical entertainment, AgroArt, and a Wine, Beer, and Spirits Garden! Join us June 2 – 3, 2018 at the Monterey County Fair and Event Center, 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey, California.

·         Hours: Sat. 10am – 6pm and Sun. 10am – 5pm

·         Admission: $15 Adults / $10 Active Military and Seniors (62+) and Children (6-12) Children 5 and under FREE

·         Advance tickets available HERE or at the door.

Artichokes: A Peninsula Legacy

For 59 years, the Monterey Peninsula has come together to celebrate California’s official state vegetable. California’s artichoke history began in 1922 when the first artichoke shoots were planted in the Castroville. Today, more than nine decades later, nearly 100 percent of America’s fresh artichoke supply comes from California and nearly two-thirds of that is still grown in Castroville. The annual Castroville Artichoke Food & Wine Festival started in 1959 as a way to celebrate the iconic artichoke and the region known as the “Artichoke Center of the World.” Over the years, the festival became the primary source of funding for local 501(c)(3) non-profit groups that depend upon a successful event for their viability. Norma Jean Mortenson, better known as Marilyn Monroe, was named California’s first honorary Artichoke Queen in 1948. Since then, the annual festival has continued to grow, appealing to visitors from Castroville, Salinas, Monterey, San Francisco and other cities and states. Castroville-based Ocean Mist Farms, a 93 year old family farm, is the largest artichoke grower in the U.S. and a long-time supporter of the festival.

The following items are prohibited at the festival:

No weapons

No Drugs, Cannabis, or Outside Alcohol

No Cans, Bottles, or Glass Containers

No Drugs or Outside Alcohol

No Ice Chests or Coolers

No Pets (except for service animals)

No Bikes, Skates, Scooters, or Skateboards on festival ground

No Unauthorized Vendors

No Outside Food or Drinks



Guests over 21 can stroll and sip wine and craft beer from some of our favorite California producers.Learn more


Monterey County’s finest chefs and food personalities will showcase the versatility of the artichoke and share their own preparation techniques.
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This popular and anticipated produce market features Artichokes and much, more!
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This quirky competition fosters imagination, creativity, and fun for both participants and the viewing public. Learn More



Two days of live musical acts on our Main Stage and strolling through the NEW Beer & Wine Garden. Learn more


Enjoy a guided tour into an Artichoke field and learn how this unique plant grows from the ground up. Tickets purchased onsite. Learn More



Steamed, Grilled & Fried Artichokes, Artichoke Burritos, Sausage, and Artichoke Cup Cakes. If you dreamt it, chances are you’ll find it at the festival.


Games, face paints,  arts & crafts, live entertainment, and more!